This looks like a really nice kit. Clearly it could supplant the Tamiya offering based on price alone. It really looks like a Mustang, right down to its stance. Wing and tail plane chords look very nice with good dihedral. I have reason to believe that the drawings of Mr. Charles Neely are involved in this. That is conjecture on my part but it is a strong conjecture. If in fact Mr. Neely's drawings were used, and if the manufacturer was capable of capturing the very elusive form of the forward nose in it's mold making process, this offering is a big winner at a good price. I'm unable to comment on shape overall without being able to overlay the fuselage on a Neely drawing.
1. Scoop, Batter Compartment
Found on the lower section of the
left side of the nose, just forward and
And slightly above the LEX.
This does not belong on a D5. The
Battery was located in the flight
compartment for the D5/10/15 build
build cycles. Simple problem to remedy
With a bit of sanding.
2. Fairing, Rudder Boost Linkage:
Located on the right side of the
Vertical Stabilizer. It could be my
eyes, or an aberration in the photo,
But it looks like they put it on the
left. Look at the photos and check me.
Easily removed if this is the case.
Might be a bit of a bugger to rebuild
On the other side.
I'm not attempting to detract from this offering. It looks really really nice.
Someone asked if this can be converted into a B. I say it most certainly can be converted. This is not to say that it wouldn't take considerable work to do so. In reality, the two airplanes are completely different. However, by combining the AFT section of the old Revell kit, and using the Revell B Wing, which is very nicely done, converting this to a reasonable facsimile of a B version is not out of reach. I have a thread here someplace which shows how to make the conversion.
There is a height difference between the B and the D firewall of approximately 0.5625 inches. In scale that gives a Delta of approximately 0.0175. Hardly noticeable.
Whatever you decide to do. There will be absolutely no doubt what this is when it's built up.
Hope everyone is well...